“Burpees” and “For Time” Should Never Be Put Together in the Same Sentence. Ever.


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, March 11, 2014

If you leave the gym today feeling like you got smacked upside the head by 50 burpees for time… it’s because you did.


5 Minutes of jump rope
1 Minute bottom of squat
1 Minute top of push up
3×5 Air squats + push up
Double unders
10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 2 Back squat
Max push up 30 seconds after each set
Jump rope 30 second after each set
2-3 Minute rest
50 burpees for time

Every Rep Counts


Strength in Conditioning for Monday, March 10, 2014

SICFIT Scottsdale’s Jorge Aragon shows us how it’s done on Open Workout 14.2! This brutal challenge is equally as much about strength, stamina, and coordination as it is about mental toughness and fortitude. Every single rep counts, so even if you don’t think you will make it through a round, keep pushing yourself to accomplish as much as you can. Don’t let your mind get in the way of your potential!

PVC squat/press/snatch/oh squat
3×5 Strict pull up
3×5 Overhead squat w/ barbell
From 0:00-3:00
2 Rounds of:
10 Overhead squats, 95 / 65 lb.
10 Chest-to-bar pull-ups
From 3:00-6:00
2 Rounds of:
12 Overhead squats, 95 / 65 lb.
12 Chest-to-bar pull-ups
From 6:00-9:00
2 Rounds of:
14 Overhead squats, 95 / 65 lb.
14 Chest-to-bar pull-ups
Etc., following same pattern
LIFE: 10 oh squat weighted pvc + 10 ring rows rest 1 min repeat 3-4 rounds

Treat Yourself to a SIC Vacation!


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, March 8, 2014

Aloha fitness freaks! SICest of the Pacific West is only three months away and frankly, its about time you start planning this vacation of a lifetime! The workout we are doing today is taken straight from the competition program to get you psyched to judge, spectate, or participate in this beachfront show down! We still have spots left so sign up soon before this SIC competition surfs away! Click here to register today!


SICest of the Pacific West Workout 3
Hawaii 5-0

*Teams of 2
50 Hang squat clean (#135/95) (#95/65)
50 Bar muscle up/pull up
50 Front rack alternating leg lunge (#135/95) (#95/65)
50 Toes to bar/knees to chest

Yoga for Athlete’s Sneak Peek


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, March 7, 2014

With the ‘Yoga for Athletes’ workshop just days away, Yoga Instructor Kari Ann Levine wanted to give you a sneak peek of one of the flows you will learn during class. This progression of poses will teach you to use the strength from the very center of your being (i.e. your core) to radiate outwards. By moving from our center we remain balanced and allow the flow of energy to travel through our bodies most efficiently. So whether this energy helps us transition from pose to pose or thrust a barbell overhead, moving from center maximizes our internal power.

To learn more about how yoga can help you tap into and unlock the power that lies within the center of your being — physically and mentally — please attend the ‘Yoga for Athletes’ workshops this Saturday from 3pm to 5pm. Click here to register or sign up at the gym today!

Dynmaic Movement
3 Rounds
1 Minute air squat + 1 minute push ups
Double under
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1 Back squat
Max push up for 30 seconds after each set
Jump rope 30 for seconds after each set | 2-3 min rest
Kettlebell swing 30 seconds on 30 off | 5 minutes
Row all out  30 seconds on 30 off | 5 minutes

HIFIT Games Come to SICFIT Scottsdale


Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, March 6, 2014

Today’s workout is coming to you from across the Pacific Ocean. It is taken directly from last month’s HIFIT Games on Hilo Island in Hawaii, Sponsored by SICFIT. And while it probably won’t feel like paradise in the midst of this brutal Strength In Conditioning challenge, when it’s over you can bask within a personal oasis made of your own hard work and accomplishment! And if challenging yourself in the competitive fitness arena sounds like a really good excuse to finally take that Hawaii vacation, sign up for the SICEST of the Pacific West Competition, held in Maui on June 7th and 8th. Register as a competitor or volunteer here!



15 Minutes to warm up power clean & jerk
3 clean and jerk/5 pull ups/7 box jumps = 7 min AMRAP
Life: 3 Hang power clean & push press + 5 ring row + 7 box step ups
Fitness: 3 Power clean & push press/jerk + 5 pull ups + box jump up step down (95/55-75)
Sport: 3 Power clean & push jerk + 5 pull-ups + box jumps at 24/20 (155/105)


FlexibilityRx Stretch of the Week


Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Who couldn’t use to be even more comfortable in overhead positions, the rack, or during pull ups? With the functional fitness movements we do at SICFIT Scottsdale, everyday is shoulder day. This means we need to take a little time each day to stretch and mobilize this area. These ‘Upper Core Four’ stretches, provided by the one and only FlexibilityRx, are designed to increase your range of motion and relieve soreness and tension. Incorporate them into your routine and watch your gym performance improve!


*Teams of 3
100 Calorie row
100 Lunges
100 Box step ups/jumps
100 Wall balls
100 Kettlebell swings
100 Burpees
100 Knees to elbows on back/toes to bar
100 Hand release push ups
100 Double unders or 100 singles each
100 Air squats

Paleo Tortillas. You’re Welcome.


Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, March 4, 2014

For all those on a mission to Look Better Naked during the SICFIT Scottsdale Spring Nutrition Challenge, this post is for you! Only a few days into the challenge and already missing the Southwest fare we all love so much? We get it. Because what good is a burrito without the tortilla, right? Well thanks to stupideasypaleo.com, we don’t have to forsake the folded goodness for the next month! And the best part is…. it’s stupid easy to make! All you need is the following ingredients!

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon melted ghee (sub: melted coconut oil)
  • Update: 1 Tablespoon water makes the batter more spreadable / thin
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour
  • Pinch of salt

For the rest of the delicious recipe, click here!



Spend 20 min to establish a 5x rep front squat
Spend 15 min to establish a 5x rep deadlift
Spend 10 min to establish a 5x rep strict press
Spend 5 minutes in the plank position
Record all of these scores/weights/misses and makes in your success journal
Photo by:  medea_material

Yoga Workshop This Saturday!


Strength in Conditioning for Monday, March 3, 2014

Time is running out to sign up for the SICFIT Scottsdale “Yoga for Athletes” workshop. Kari Ann Levine, certified yoga instructor and Strength in Conditioning athlete will teach you how yoga can unlock your potential in the gym and outside of it. Join us from 3pm to 5pm this Saturday and you will learn the following:

  • How yoga can remove physical obstacles limiting your body’s mobility,
  • How yoga can teach you to access your core strength and channel it to maximize efficiency and power,
  • How yoga can train the mind to remain focused during challenges, both in the gym and out.

Sign up today at the gym or by clicking here!


Barbell complex
1 Power clean
3 Hang power clean
1 Jerk
25, 15, 10 burpee + chest to bar pull up
LIFE: Ring row or jumping pull up
FITtness: Bands ok
SPORT: Hand release burpee + chest to bar

Participation requested!


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, March 1, 2014

How do you think the most interesting man would hang at SICFIT Scottsdale? Fill in the blank with SICFIT-isms by commenting here and on Facebook!

I don’t always ________________. But when I do, I ________________.


20 Minutes to establish heavy snatch
5 Minute rest
20 Minutes to establish heavy clean
5 Minute rest
3 Minutes of max burpees

Private Training… Are you Ready?


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, February 28, 2014

SICFIT Scottsdale offers much more than daily, totally kick @$$ Strength in Conditioning group classes. We also provide exclusive and invaluable one-on-one coaching with our Private Training Program. Let our expert coaches help you achieve all of your health and fitness goals and then some! From losing weight to building muscle to finally running that marathon, SICFIT Scottsdale Private Training can help you get there! E-mail us today at info@sicfitscottsdale.com or ask about how you can benefit from exclusive coaching next time you’re in the gym!



Dynamic movement
5 Rounds at 80%
300 Meter run
300 Meter row
Strict pull up + strict dip
10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1, 1, 1
LIFE: Ring row+ parallets
FITness: Negatives + bar dips
Death by 10 meter turn arounds
20 Minute time cap
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